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This is the single preposterous tweet that ignited Trump’s latest false attacks on the Russia probe

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Even after many of President Donald Trump’s own allies have rejected his unfounded assertions of a massive FBI conspiracy against his campaign, he is continuing to hold on to the theory without a shred of evidence. His latest attack against the FBI over what he has ludicrously dubbed “spygate” stems from a single tweet and rests on a patently absurd interpretation of the relevant texts.

“Wow, Strzok-Page, the incompetent & corrupt FBI lovers, have texts referring to a counter-intelligence operation into the Trump Campaign dating way back to December, 2015,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday night. “SPYGATE is in full force! Is the Mainstream Media interested yet? Big stuff!”

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As Axios and others pointed out, this new twist on Trump’s fraudulent attacks on the FBI comes from a wholly dubious source.  A Twitter user named “Falco” tweeted the following post on Monday, citing texts between two FBI agents who used to work on both the Russia investigation and Clinton’s email probe:

https://twitter.com/Nick_Falco/status/1003673455496052736

 

While Falco presents this as a new bombshell, it’s nothing of the sort. The files he’s quoting come from a report published in February. And despite his insistence that this revelation shows that the investigation into the Trump campaign began earlier than was previously reported, the texts themselves don’t actually mention the campaign at all. Any connection between these texts and the Russia probe is a complete fabrication meant to cast doubt on the FBI’s handling of the investigation.

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But this tweet made its way from Twitter to Reddit to Gateway Pundit all the way to Fox News — which apparently has such lax standards that it doesn’t even fact check the ramblings of random Twitter users.

Trump wasn’t explicit about where he got the story, but Fox Business pundit Lou Dobbs was among those parroting the ridiculous non-story, and a subsequent tweet from the president referenced Dobbs: “Great interview by @LouDobbs with Chris Farrell of Judicial Watch concerning the governments counter-intelligence operation into the Trump Campaign. SPYGATE at the highest level. Who would believe?”

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Of course, Trump runs the federal government, and he doesn’t need to rely on the Fox or uninformed Twitter users for his information about the Justice Department.

As troubling as the story is about how Trump is responding to the Russia investigation, it’s just as concerning for what it shows about how the president gets his information. The president needs the best information possible when leading the country through international disputes, natural disasters, and other national issues — and yet he seems utterly unable to distinguish fact from fiction.

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Why was Jeffrey Epstein buying size 5 women’s panties — while in jail?

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The Miami Herald has another bombshell report on Jeffrey Epstein, who died in a Manhattan jail while waiting to stand trial on federal sex crimes charges.

"A decade ago, during a brief stint in Palm Beach County Jail, convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein made an odd purchase at the facility’s store: two pairs of small women’s panties, size 5," the Herald reported Saturday night.

The newspaper noted, "the panties raise questions about why a childless male inmate, accused of sexually abusing girls as young as 14, would be allowed to buy female undergarments so small that they wouldn’t fit an average-sized adult woman."

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White nationalist Republican ridiculed after only 2 people show up for his town hall meeting

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Embattled Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suffered further humiliation on Saturday when only two people showed up for his town hall meeting with Iowa constituents.

King, who was stripped of all committee assignments for his white nationalism, was been an embarrassment for Republicans with his constant racism and misogyny.

A photo of the town hall meeting was posted on Twitter by Reuters photo editor Corinne Perkins.

https://twitter.com/corinne_perkins/status/1162806565109473280

Rep. King was quickly mocked in the comments.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/sedespres/status/1162811223186006018

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Democrats could flip the Texas state house in 2020 — and reshape the national map

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Blue Texas? Democrats have long dreamt of winning Texas’s 38 electoral votes in the presidential election. That may still be a long shot, but a recent “Texodus” from Congress has given new talk to a political transformation across the Lone Star State that could have massive ramifications down the ballot and for decades to come.

This article was originally posted at Salon.

Four of the state’s GOP members of Congress have announced their retirements in recent weeks, an unusual torrent of departures signaling that a storm is coming. And evidence shows that it’s not just hitting Texas’s federal delegation. It’s coming to Austin, too.

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